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Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program

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For a residence in the District, if DC Water’s Lead Map shows that the private portion of the service pipe is lead, galvanized, or brass, and the public portion is not, the residential property owner is eligible for the Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program (LPRAP).

As of July 1, 2023, ALL homeowners enrolled in LPRAP will receive a 100% discount on their private service line replacement.

How is the 100% discount applied?

Every homeowner with a partial lead service line qualifies for Standard Assistance, where DOEE will cover 50% of costs for the replacement, up to $2,500. While before July 1, 2023 costs above that cap were the homeowner’s responsibility, these costs will now be covered by DC Water using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding.

Assistance Provided:

Assistance Level

Percentage of Costs Covered

Funding Agency

Income-Eligible Assistance

100% of costs,
up to the established cap


Standard Assistance

50% of costs,
not to exceed $2,500


Remaining costs

DC Water as of July 1, 2023
(previously the Homeowner’s responsibility)

Income Limit Guidelines for FY24 (October 1, 2023 - September 30, 2024)

Income thresholds for eligibility:
  - $106,500 for 1 person household
  - $121,700 for 2 person household
  - $136,900 for 3 person household
  - $152,100 for 4 person household
  - $164,300 for 5 person household
  - $176,400 for 6 person household
  - $188,600 for 7 person household
  - $200,800 for 8 person household

Note: There are no income limits for standard assistance.

How do I apply?

To determine if your household is eligible for LPRAP, search your address. If your private side pipes are lead, galvanized, or brass but the public spaces pipes are not, you are eligible for this program.

You can apply online, by email, or through mail:

The following documents must be submitted with the application in order to be considered:

  • Household’s most recent DC Water bill;
  • Property owner’s photo identification;
  • Proof of property ownership; and
  • Proof of income for each member of the household (if seeking approval for the income-eligible program).

What are the next steps in the process?

  1. After a Homeowner submits an application with the required documentation, DOEE will process the application and assign an assistance level based on the applicant’s household size and income.
  2. DOEE will then notify the Homeowner of the assistance level for which they have been approved and send the applicant DC Water’s Contractor List.
  3. The Homeowner will choose a contractor from the Contractor List to perform the replacement.
  4. The chosen contractor will then submit a Cost Proposal, with the Homeowner’s signature, to DC Water for review.
  5. Once DC Water recommends approval for the Cost Proposal, DOEE will send the Homeowner a Benefit Confirmation Letter detailing the next steps.

NOTEThis is not a reimbursement program. DO NOT START WORK until your application has been approved and you have received a Benefit Confirmation Letter. DO NOT pay a deposit to the contractor.

Is there a contractor list?

To be eligible for LPRAP Homeowners are required to use a contractor from DC Water’s Approved Contractor List. This list is updated on an annual basis, and the most recent version can be found here: DC Water's FY24 LPRAP Approved Contractor List.

What guidelines and materials should plumbers and contractors be aware of?

Guidance for contractors/plumbers (DC Water)

Who do I contact if I need assistance?

- Call 202.299.3316 or email [email protected]


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